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Live, Travel and Work in Oz How to get around

Australia is big, but easier to get around than you might think.

Once you're here you'll be amazed at how much there is to see and do. Australia's got so much for you to experience and it's really easy to get around. There are loads of ways to get around which can suit any budget and which can be as long or as short as you like. Your soon find out in Oz you'll find the journey is part of the fun.

By Air

If you like to get to places fast, then Australia's domestic airlines give great coverage all over the country. Australia’s domestic airlines Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue and all their subsidiaries – serve all capital cities and regional centres. Competition amongst these domestic airlines means that there are some great fares available.

By Rail

If you've got a bit more time to spare and want to see some more of the country along the way, try going by rail. Train travel will provide you with a convenient, affordable and scenic way to explore Australia - plus you are bound to meet a few characters along the way! Interstate and Intra-state rail services connect our cities and regional centres, while cross country train trips offer you the chance to really cover some of our unique landscapes.

CountryLink connects New South Wales destinations and travels across Australia’s east coast to Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. V/Line trains link Melbourne with regional hubs in Victoria. TravelTrain covers Queensland. TransWAcrisscrosses Western Australia. Check online for backpacker passes that give great discounts to help your hard earned dollars take you even further.

For those feeling slightly more flush we have some epic rail journeys on offer, such as The Ghan and Indian-Pacific. The Indian-Pacific travels between Sydney to Perth, stopping for whistle-stop tours of Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold-rich Kalgoorlie. The legendary Ghan travels between Adelaide and Darwin, taking in Australia’s Red Centre and the tropical Top End.

By Road

Want a road trip? We've got road trips you'll never forget. There's a vast network of great roads, and there's adventure down every one of them. Rent or buy a car, kombi or campervan and see where the road takes you. Remember, Aussies drive on the left-hand side of the road and speed limits differ 60km/h in cities and towns, in the country and highway max speed is usually 110km/h.

Want to rent a car? You can get rental cars all over the country. They're affordable and are an easy option because when you're done, you can just hand them back in (remember to check minimum age restrictions if you plan to hire a car).

Ever thought of a campervan? They're perfect if you want to explore on a budget with some mates, and there are campsites everywhere. Go on, live on the wild side.

Don't want to drive? Can't be doing with all that navigating? Then try a small group tour. They won't break your budget and you'll get the chance to meet new people. Then there are always hop on hop off buses. Search for these tours here.

And there's always the old stand-by of all backpackers – buses (or coaches, if you want to get technical). Services are frequent, affordable and efficient. These run all over the country and are great if your budget's tight. Our National Coach operator Greyhound, will offer passes to fit every budget.

By Water

Unless your geography's really shaky, you should know that Australia is surrounded by water. That means there are some journeys where you can take a boat. It's another great way to make the journey part of the experience.

If your head's spinning from all the choices and opportunities Australia has to offer, then we've got some simple suggestions for how you can make the most of your time here. Of course, once you're here you'll be able to get great tips on the best things to do from the travellers and locals you meet. But for now why not take a look at our Come Walkabout planner that showcases popular journeys throughout the different states. Perhaps you fancy learning to surf on the coast, explore the Red Centre on Camels, or canoe down the Mitchell River. Whatever you fancy, click here to help get some inspiration for your adventure.